Mind Body & Soul

Mind Body & Soul

by Joss Stone

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Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright.


Joss Stone, the British teen with a voice straight out of Memphis circa 1973, has big shoes to fill - her own. Stone's debut, an all-covers set conceived as a side-project to Mind Body & Soul, was a surprise smash, thanks to her beyond-credible vocalizing and the enthusiastic support of soul veterans -- including her mentor, Betty Wright. Somehow, the then-15 year old got to the meat of songs such as "The Choking Kind" and "All the King's Horses," crafting a retro set that went deeper than shag-carpet and naugahyde. Mind Body & Soul is a fine follow-up, powered by Stone's indelible, Dusty Springfield-inspired vocals. On tracks such as "Torn and Tattered" - where even her ad-libs feel essential -- you can hear the increasing maturity of her delivery. Wright and much of the same crew behind The Soul Sessions return to swaddle this golden child in plush grooves; Salaam Remi and Lamont Dozier help with production and write a few songs. That leaves Stone to handle the bulk of the songwriting, and that's the only chink in this supremely crafted effort. While there's much to be said for the honesty and passion that teens feel - the euphoria of first love and the lows of first heartbreak and betrayal - Stone's writing doesn't flow as naturally as her voice. While nothing's embarrassing (the worst clunker: "I keep our song / On repeat / On my I-pod / Even when I sleep"); there's nothing revelatory, either. But the deliciousness of Stone's voice and the guileless way in which she shares it with the world make it easy to overlook her inexperience. Sometimes it's the singer, not the song.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
On the cover of her debut, The Soul Sessions, Joss Stone's face is obscured by a vintage microphone, a deliberate move that emphasized the retro-soul vibe of the LP while hiding the youthful face that would have given away that Stone was a mere 16 years old at the time of the album's release. The point was to put the music before the image and it worked, selling the album to an older audience that might have stayed away, thinking that the teenager sang teen pop. If the debut was designed to give Stone credibility, her second album, Mind, Body & Soul, delivered almost exactly a year after its predecessor, is designed to make her a superstar, broadening her appeal without losing sight of the smooth, funky, stylish soul at the core of her sound. There's no radical revision here -- she still works with many of the same musicians she did on The Soul Sessions, including Betty Wright and Little Beaver -- but there are some subtle shifts in tone scattered throughout the record. Certain songs are a little brighter and a little more radio-ready than before, there's a more pronounced hip-hop vibe to some beats, and she sounds a little more like a diva this time around -- not enough to alienate older fans, but enough to win some new ones. The album has a seductive, sultry feel; there's some genuine grit to the rhythms, yet it's all wrapped up in a production that's smooth as silk. By and large, the songs are good, too, sturdily written and hooky, growing in stature with each play. While Stone has developed a tendency to over-sing ever so slightly -- she doesn't grandstand like the post-Mariah divas, but she'll fit more notes than necessary into the simplest phrases -- she nevertheless possesses a rich, resonant voice that's a joy to hear. She may not yet have the set of skills, or the experience, to give a nuanced, textured performance -- one that feels truly lived-in, not just sung -- but she's a compelling singer and Mind, Body & Soul lives up to her promise. [S-Curve reissued the album in 2005, adding three bonus audio tracks (among them, her cover of Brian Wilson's classic "God Only Knows") and a DVD featuring four videos and an electronic press kit.]

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Performance Credits

Joss Stone   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Elton John   Vocals
Betty Wright   Background Vocals
Vincent Henry   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone   Trombone,Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cindy Blackman   Drums
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Nile Rodgers   Guitar
Timmy Thomas   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ
Jack Daley   Bass,Bass Guitar
Van Gibbs   Guitar
Willie "Beaver" Hale   Guitar
Jonathan Joseph   Drums
Myung Hi Kim   Violin
Benny Latimore   Piano,Wurlitzer
Mike Mangini   Bass,Keyboards
Angelo Morris   Bass,Guitar,fender rhodes
Sandra Park   Violin
Salaam Remi   Organ,Bass,Strings,Wurlitzer
Margaret Reynolds   Background Vocals
Laura Seaton   Violin
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Angie Stone   fender rhodes
Jeanette Wright   Background Vocals
Teodross Avery   Saxophone
Johnathan Shorten   Synthesizer,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Commissioner Gordon   Percussion
Alan Weekes   Electric Guitar
Sarah Seiver   Cello
Carole Cook   Viola
?uestlove   Drums
Steve Greenwell   Bass
Ruby Baker   Background Vocals
Jenni Fujita   Background Vocals
Eileen Moon   Cello
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Raymond Angry   Organ,Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer,Hammond B3
Daniel Panner   Viola
Delroy "Chris" Cooper   Bass
Phil Myers   French Horn
Pete Iannacone   Bass
Elizabeth Dyson   Cello
Lisa Kim   Violin
Fiona Simon   Violin
Ignacio Nunez   Percussion
Vivek Kamath   Viola
Liza Lim   Violin
Tracey Moore   Background Vocals
Dawn Hannay   Viola
Sarah Kim   Violin
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
A.J. Niilo   Guitar
Brian Chen   Viola
Willburn "Squidley" Cole   Drums
Matt Milewsky   Violin
Astor "Crusty" Campbell   Drums
Clovette Danzy   Background Vocals
Tanya Darby   Trumpet
David "Jody" Hill   Drums
Ellison Kendrick   Background Vocals
Krzysztof Kuznik   Violin
Jeanne LeBlan   Cello
Pat Milando   French Horn
Veronica Sanchez   Background Vocals
Carl Vandenbosche   Percussion
Adam   Choir Master
Jessica Lee   Violin
Nir "Z" Zidkyahu   Synthesizer,Percussion,fender rhodes

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer,Producer
Brian Wilson   Composer
Betty Wright   Composer,Producer,Audio Production,Vocal Producer
Eugene Record   Composer
Thom Bell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Mike Mangini   Programming,Producer,Audio Production
C.P. Reeves   Composer
Salaam Remi   Producer
William Sanders   Composer
P. Seymour   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Johnathan Shorten   Programming,Producer,String Arrangements,drum programming
B.J. Wright   Composer
Commissioner Gordon   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Matt Still   Producer,Engineer
Bryan Lasley   Art Direction
David Gorman   Art Direction
Steve Greenwell   Programming,Engineer
John R. Angier   String Arrangements
Jamie Siegel   Engineer
Chuck Mitchell   Producer
Annette Mitchell   Producer
Joss Stone   Composer
Shomoni "Sho" Dylan   Engineer
Aleeta Mayo   Art Direction
Adam   Vocal Arrangements
Steve Greenberg   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Todd S. Honeycutt   Vocal Arrangements
D. Pierre   Composer
C. Richardson   Composer
D. Child   Composer

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